PROFT; Bernhard Heinz “Bernie”
March 26, 1933 – June 14, 2016
Bernie passed away peacefully Tuesday June 14, 2016 in the company of his loving wife Dalle and daughter Joanne. Bernie is also survived by his sons, Roland and Norman, granddaughter Emmanuelle, daughter-in-law Julie, sister Suse and extended family in Germany. Bernie was born March 26, 1933 in Schoenbach, Germany, emigrated to Canada in 1953 and became a Canadian citizen in 1959. Bernie loved his new country and enjoyed all it had to offer – developing a career in finance and a passion for rally driving, camping and skiing. After marrying in 1962, and many moves, Bernie and family settled in Chilliwack when he became General Manager of East Chilliwack Credit Union, and then Chief Executive Officer of what is now Envision Credit Union, until retirement in 1998. During his time with the Credit Union, Bernie was very active at the board level of the Credit Union Members Insurance Societies group of companies including time as Chair. Bernie was a great supporter of education, community arts and sport and gave his time to many organizations in and around Chilliwack. He was a member of the Rotary Club, the Chilliwack Players Guild and was a volunteer board member and past-President of the Cheam Figure Skating Club. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to staff at Menno Place in Abbotsford whose care and compassion during Bernie’s final days will always be remembered. Donations to the Alzhiemer’s Society of Canada would be an appreciated way of showing remembrance for Bernie.